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Feds’ tax change will hurt Canadian farms and fisheries

Opinion|By Normand Lafreniere
The mutual insurance sector started with farmers in the 1800s pooling their small savings together in order to have a large pot to cover the few disasters suffered by someone in the group. This is…
With Bill C-45, Canada’s cannabis legalization bill, moving through the Senate, politicians and pundits have furiously debated our best path forward. Reduction of youth consumption, decriminalization of adult possession, and the eradication of black-market profits…
Opinion|By Khalil Shariff
On the day the Bamyan hospital first opened its doors, 12 women arrived in various stages of labour. In Afghanistan, where pregnancy kills one of every 52 women, giving life can be a death sentence.…
An ethics watchdog is suing the Trudeau government for the way it handled appointments for the lobbying and ethics commissioners, saying the Liberals failed to honour legislative requirements mandating consultations with all parties recognized in the…
It is always enjoyable to stay in touch with former foreign ministry colleagues in my "retryment.” Like “Godwin's Law” of the internet, or any discussion of United States politics that leads to Donald Trump, it…
The facts are in. And the evidence proves provinces with female premiers have the fastest-growing economies. No wait, that's not it. Bigger provinces grow faster. Or maybe it's that provinces whose names end in vowels…
Opinion|Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—The ongoing saga of our modern Phoenix, seemingly similar to mythical bird that rose from the ashes, brings much angst and no delight to those who toil for the government of Canada. The modern Phoenix…
Opinion|Scott Taylor
OTTAWA—On Feb. 15, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan emerged from a NATO conference in Brussels and hinted that Canada would be willing to support the alliance’s request for an expanded training role in Iraq. Sajjan could…
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News|By Shruti Shekar
Dozens of industry groups are dispatching executives to every round of the NAFTA renegotiation, and using texts, emails, and phone calls to try to talk to Canada's negotiating leads about what is being discussed with…
Opinion|By Ian Waddell
VANCOUVER—Yes this tale involves Donald Trump but first we need a short history lesson. The Porcupine caribou herd, ranging between 100,000 and 200,000 animals, migrate annually 2,400 km between their winter range in the boreal forests…
The joke on social media following the Alberta government’s decision to boycott B.C. wine was British Columbians saying, “More for us!” But obstructing trade between Canada’s provinces is no laughing matter, and in the long…
Opinion|By Jennifer Henry
Nenita Andes Condez risked her life to visit Canada last spring. She was part of a KAIROS tour of Philippine leaders seeking accountability for mining operations from Canadians and government officials. Nenita is an Indigenous…
Opinion|By Lynda M. Collins
As scholars and advocates of environmental law, we write to call upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to recognize, protect, and fulfill every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment. Indeed, we believe there is an…
Opinion|By Barry Sookman
It’s time to have a fair and reasonable conversation about the issue of online piracy in 2018. Piracy has evolved significantly since the days of making bootleg copies of movies on VHS tapes. We live…
Opinion
With the current opioid crisis, greater emphasis than ever on mental health issues, and our country’s aging population, saying there are currently no shortage of health issues to focus on is an understatement. Health is…
Opinion|By Donald K. Johnson
The House of Commons Finance Committee conducted its annual pre-budget consultation hearings from Sept. 19 to early December. The prime focus was to hear suggestions on how to improve the productivity and competitiveness of Canadian…
News|By Jolson Lim
Veterans advocates are criticizing the Trudeau government's new Centre of Excellence on post traumatic stress disorder and related mental health conditions for wrongly prioritizing researchers and doctors instead of improving in-patient treatment for Canadians dealing with…
News|By Emily Haws
Brand name drug companies are warning the government to think through its proposed regulations for the Patented Medicines Prices Review Board, saying it could curb investment in Canadian research and development. However, one University of…
Opinion|By Dan Kraus
Canada is home to 25 per cent of the world’s wetlands, which are important for the health of Canada and the health of our planet. In Ontario, we see proof all around us. From Lake…
Canada’s most-lobbied backbench MP in 2017, Francis Drouin, is a “rising star” who's developed a reputation as a rural champion, say lobbyists. Mr. Drouin’s 136 communications posted to the lobbyist registry in 2017 are connected…
The cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries handling the innovation, natural resources, and environment files swept the top 10 most lobbied MPs of 2017, with innovation right hand David Lametti fielding the most communications with stakeholders…
Opinion|By Greg McConnell
MPs should be forgiven if nagging doubts about the safety of aircraft they use to commute to and from Ottawa have been rekindled. After all, the tragedy of former transport minister Jean Lapierre and family,…
Opinion|By Kevin Dunbar
The past 12 months have been a horrific year for humanitarian crisis. The war in Syria continued. We watched nearly one million refugees from Myanmar stream into Bangladesh, seeking protection from rape, mass killings and…
Opinion|By David Crane
TORONTO—Canada’s biggest economic challenge is to achieve and sustain a high level of productivity growth and we need to do this to support the things we value as a society, such as health care and…
Lobbyists meeting Senators at record rates say it's due to the Upper Chamber’s independence, openness to amendments, and numerous newly appointed unknown Senators. This explains an unprecedented spike in communications in 2017, an uptick so…
Opinion|By David Crane
TORONTO—It was a golden opportunity for the House International Trade Committee to report on the future of NAFTA and to make recommendations on what our negotiators should and shouldn’t do. But what we got from…
Opinion|By Susan Riley
CHELSEA, QUE.—For too long, we have been told that free trade explains our wealth and success as a nation—and, that anything that threatens our trading relationships will lead to certain disaster. We will end up…
News|By Jolson Lim
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set off the countdown clock when he announced last month that cannabis would be legal in Canada by the summer of 2018, however there are still plenty of issues to sort…
Opinion|By Megan Leslie
OTTAWA—In response to staggering levels of wildlife loss, conservation organizations and federal parliamentarians of all political stripes have asked the Government of Canada to make nature a priority in the looming federal budget by allocating…
Lobbyists have been given “too much time and too much importance” when it comes to gathering input for the Senate’s study of legislation at committee, says the second-highest ranking member of the Independent Senators Group,…
Opinion|By Evan Sotiropoulos
TORONTO—Some $235,553,238 is a lot of money. It is the amount of money given by the federal government to the Aga Khan Foundation during the last five fiscal years according to transfer payments in the…
News|By Shruti Shekar
Canada's new lobbying commissioner says the timeframe to begin a five-year review of the Lobbying Act this spring is “tight,” but doable, and that everything will be studied including restricting the political activities of lobbyists, making the…

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